Donald D. Decker
2016 Distinguished Artist Award
Don Decker has over 50 years of experience as a professional artist, working in a wide variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and assemblage. His work has appeared in more than 45 solo exhibitions and 250 group exhibitions and juried shows around the United States, and can be found in the permanent collections of museums and art banks across the country.
“My art is a conglomeration of stuff,” Decker says. “One idea leads to another leads to another. I’ve been criticized for not finding a theme, not having a medium, but I can’t let it bother me. I just want to do something that I think is good. It’s the adventure that’s important to me.”
Decker moved to Alaska in 1971. He earned his Master of Arts from the University of Guam and Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. From 1992 to 2017, Decker served as an adjunct instructor of art for the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was a long-time teacher for the Anchorage School District and in 1987 was named Teacher of the Year. He also taught at Matanuska-Susitna College, part of the UA system, and at Alaska Pacific University.
With his Distinguished Artist Award, Decker performed research, traveled, exhibited work, purchased supplies and made studio improvements.